It’s not always the lawyer’s fault that the judgment was against you. Many times, I’ve seen defendants who were convicted at trial really like their lawyer’s efforts and want them to do the appeal because the lawyer who did the trial is going to be extremely familiar with all the issues of the case. Hiring a new lawyer will require you to pay for that lawyer to review everything that went on in the case including the trial transcript to be adequately prepared to argue your appellate issues.
Changing a Lawyer for an Appeal is a Defendant’s Personal Prerogative
On one hand, you might want to get a fresh set of eyes to take a look at these things and hopefully, give it a new or fresh perspective. On the other hand, you might feel that your lawyer did a fine job, knew your issues well, argued them well and the judge just was wrong and you think your lawyer can make an effective argument for reversal at the appellate level on the issues that you lost on the trial. So, this is a personal call that you’ll have to make when you’re deciding how to proceed with your direct appeal.